Frozen Shoulder

A condition characterised by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint.


During the physical exam, your doctor may ask you to move in certain ways to check for pain and evaluate your range of motion (active range of motion). Your doctor might then ask you to relax your muscles while he or she moves your arm (passive range of motion). Frozen shoulder affects both active and passive range of motion.


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Most frozen shoulder treatment involves controlling shoulder pain and preserving as much range of motion in the shoulder as possible.


A physical therapist can teach you range-of-motion exercises to help recover as much mobility in your shoulder as possible. Your commitment to doing these exercises is important to optimize recovery of your mobility.

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